The Rosetta Stone (Sir. Ernst A. Thomson and Wallis Budge, 1913)

Harrions and Sons 1913


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First Edition thus (1913). Quite rare. Printed by order of the trustees of the British Museum, and sold at the museum. Includes photos and commentary on the Rosetta Stone. Better than good in original paper cover, a bit damp stained on edges, but not affecting the content, which is in very good condition, with clean text and unmarred. Cover with creases and closed tears along edges. The Rosetta Stone is a stele inscribed with three versions of a decree issued in Memphis, Egypt in 196 BC during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of King Ptolemy V Epiphanes. The top and middle texts are in Ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphic and Demotic scripts respectively, while the bottom is in Ancient Greek. There are only minor differences between the three versions, which made the Rosetta Stone key to deciphering the Egyptian scripts. Folio. Overall, a very nice copy of this famous academic work.
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